WWU alum Austin Jenckes advances on 'The Voice'


The Voice - Season 5 - Austin Jenckes

Austin Jenckes, a 25-year-old Western Washington University graduate, auditions for NBC's hit singing competition, "The Voice," where he was picked by Blake Shelton. Jenckes, who now lives in Nashville, plays his late father's guitar while performing. Zac Jenckes died when Austin was 16.


Western Washington University graduate Austin Jenckes survived the knockout round of NBC's "The Voice" on Tuesday night, Oct. 29, advancing in a singing competition watched weekly by millions.

The show's four team captains listened intently but without showing much emotion as Jenckes sang Edward McCain's "I'll Be," and his teammate and opponent Brandon Chase did his version of "Even if it Breaks Your Heart," the Eli Young Band song.

Christina Aguilera critiqued both singers but said Chase should move on. Adam Levine declined to make a recommendation.

Team captain and country superstar Blake Shelton said both of his performers had pitch issues, noting Chase went flat and Jenckes too sharp.

"And that's something that actually plays into this for me," Shelton said. "Because if you're sharp, that's somebody that's got somewhere else to go. They're pulling the reins back."

With that, Shelton chose Jenckes to move on to next week's live performances, and he eliminated Chase.

"The Voice" airs Monday and Tuesday nights.


The battle rounds, where the coaches pair their artists in do-or-die duets, began Oct. 14. NBC airs two episodes of "The Voice" each week: Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Past performances, including this knockout round, are online at nbc.com/the-voice. Performances from Austin Jenckes and the other singers are available on iTunes.


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